Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Christianity, Guides The Wr

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Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Christianity, Guides the Writer In Shakespeare’s sonnets he speaks of love, jealousy, self-admiration and death. He has references to religious beliefs in many of the Sonnets. In Sonnet 62 he warns of self-love and self-admiration, a mortal sin in Christianity. In Sonnet 74 the talk is of death. The whole of the sonnets tell a story intertwined with hidden meanings and beliefs. Some sonnets seem to be written in anger and some seemingly after many cups of wine and yet others are lovingly written. Critics vary. Some stating the sonnets were written to a young man and other stating the sonnets were written to Shakespeare himself. Let us explore these beliefs. Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,(62; 1) the sin of self-love a mortal sin in Christianity. He fears self-love is so deeply rooted that he will never be rid of it; And for this sin there is no remedy, It is so grounded inward in my heart.(62; 3-4) Shakespeare seems angry that he is experiencing self-love. In Sonnet 62 Shakespeare could be warning his friend to beware of self-admiration as it is mortal sin and not easy to discard. He is also saying he understands self-love as he also loves his image in the mirror, even with age, But when my glass shows me myself indeed, Beated and chapped with tanned antiquity (62; 9-10). In Sonnet 74 the poet is speaking of his death; The earth can have but earth, which is his due (74; 7) and also The prey of worms, my body being dead, (74; 10) This is referring to the Christian belief, of ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Shakespeare is saying that when he dies, his spirit will still exist; My spirit is thine, the better part of me (74; 8). Christians believe that the soul survives death. Ending with The worth of that is that which it contains, and that is this and this with thee remains (74; 13-14). Here he writes that his spirit will live
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